Sykesville Middle students sent home from Outdoor School after bed bugs found

Sykesville Middle School students at the Outdoor School were dismissed early Thursday afternoon because of an outbreak of bed bugs, Carroll County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Steven Johnson confirmed. Johnson said there are at least two cabins at the Outdoor School, located at the Hashawha Environmental Center near Westminster, that have bed bugs. If there are bugs in just one cabin, usually they can mitigate it, he said. “[With at least two cabins], we feel like it’s best if we get the students out early,” he said. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Oak Grove Classical Christian School moving to campus in Creswell

When the Arrow School’s Fair Meadows campus closes this summer in Creswell, Oak Grove Classical Christian School will move right into its place, Oak Grove’s principal said. The school, which has been at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Campus Hills for seven years, signed a lease for the property in early April, Educational Director Debbie Glasgow said. The school is not affiliated with the church, she said. Oak Grove Classical Christian School is a non-demoninational, independent school using the church’s facilities. (Aegis)

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May 17 // Anne Arundel parents and teachers ask for more positions, construction money

Conor Curran stepped up to the microphone at North County High School Monday night and told the county council that he came to speak to them as a concerned student. With another 1,700 students expected to join the system next year, the Old Mill High student said he is concerned that the budget proposed by County Executive Steve Schuh will leave them in the same hole they’re in now as student population continues to grow. “We must plan ahead or we’ll fall behind. And we cannot fall behind in this ever-changing world,” he said. (Capital)

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About 1,000 city youth open bank accounts through new YouthWorks partnership

The city is partnering with a local credit union to offer youth participating in a summer jobs program the option of opening a bank account, a crucial first step toward financial independence for young people new to the job market. Already, about 1,000 of the 14- to 21-year-olds participating in YouthWorks have opened a checking and savings account with Securityplus Federal Credit Union. The registration took place at a city-organized job fair last week for high school students. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Recovery program to open for MoCo students

Officials have announced the opening of a recovery and academic program for Montgomery County public school students who are recovering from substance use. A spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools says the program announced on Tuesday is expected to begin this summer. It will be based at an adolescent recovery clubhouse that is part of Family Services, Inc. That's a nonprofit in Gaithersburg that provides health and social services. (WMAR-AP)

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Baltimore Student Accepted In Top Scholars Program

A Patapsco High School student who applied for a program geared towards minority students, called Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America has been accepted as one of the 100 LEDA scholars. Yara Daraiseh, one of the students who was accepted, will have the opportunity to attend Princeton University free of charge for seven-weeks.  Her time there will include leadership training, college preparation, academic writing, test practices, and community building. The program targets students who show leadership, and want to attend a highly competitive college. (WJZ-CBS)

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Harford school board votes down amendment to allow student rep vote on board officers

A proposal to allow the student representative on the Harford County Board of Education to vote for board president and vice president was defeated Monday evening, amid concerns the student member could be subject to undue influence from adult board members. “The position is just ripe to be misused, and for that reason I think we should protect that student from that pressure,” board member Joseph Hau said. His colleague, member Al Williamson, made the motion to allow the student representative to cast a vote for board president and vice president during a discussion on revisions to the overall policy on electing officers. (Aegis)

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Anne Arundel considering $500 gift cards to help new teachers pay for school supplies

A federal study found that school teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money on school supplies — a fact Anne Arundel County hopes to mitigate with $500 gift cards to new teachers. The proposal is expected to cost $300,000 and would be managed by the 21st Century Education Foundation. Details of the program — how it would be monitored and managed — are not available yet as the county is waiting until the money is approved before finishing the paperwork. If approved by the County Council, the gift cards could help attract teachers and offset costs, said Amalie Brandenburg, County Executive Steve Schuh’s education officer. (Capital)

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